Medina of Essaouira

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Essaouira, Morocco

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rcpilgrim rcpilgrim
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Medina on the Moroccan Coast May 19, 2012
Essaouira is a small coastal city with a charming medina and it is included on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 2001 for its significance to human history and interchange of values. The medina is fortified by ramparts and cannons built by the French naval architect Vaubad. It has several mosques and churches, a small souk and many riads. The medina is easily walkable and very picturesque especially the main square that fronts the Atlantic Ocean. There are many cafes and shops and fresh seafood is brought in and cooked right there at the port in tents with picnic tables.
Rue Alla Ben Abdallah
Carpets in the medina derb
the main souk of Essaouira
Mogador Atlantic Seafront and defe…
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Laid Back Medina in the Coast Dec 29, 2010
The medina of Essaouira is the old, walled-in market area of this charming, picturesque coastal town on the coast.

Its cobblestone streets and alleyways are much less hectic and claustrophobic than those of Marrakech or Fes, but one can still find a wide array of trinkets, bobbles and souvenirs everywhere the eye can see. On top of that, there is a wide array of cafes and restaurants surrounding the main square by the seafront. An ample amount of hotels and riad accommodations within the walls as well.

The crumbly, white-washed buildings and blue shutters hint to it's seafaring heritage, from a time when this area was known as The Barbary Coast. The surrounding walls are massive and well preserved, and the old cannons are still on display at the gates to the city as well as along the seafront ramparts.

Essaouira is famous for its artisans, specializing in wood-working. The vendors are much less aggressive than those in other Moroccan cities too and good bargains can be found...if you're firm about price!

The medina is an excellent spot to wander around for a day or two, but it won't take too long to see most of it in its entirety as it's rather small. Fortunately, cars and scooters are not allowed in the medina here, though the odd one still sneaks through from time to time.

Highly recommended as a day trip or overnight or 2, if you are visiting Marrakech, as it is only about a 3 hour drive away. Clean air and cool vibe overall.
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Essaouira medina gate
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polvandenwirre says:
Essaouira is a great place to stay in Morocco.(see my Morocco blog). I loved it!
Posted on: Dec 29, 2010

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